With businesses the world over being forced to downsize their onsite operations, the resultant increase in individuals looking for more work and businesses needing remote employees has led to a surge in the popularity of freelance academic writing. If you’re new to freelance writing, it can be tough to get started, but you can be assured that the benefits are well worth it.
In this article, you’ll find several tips to help you get your freelance academic writing career started on the right foot. Author Péter Deli is an expert freelance writer based in Hungary with several years of writing experience in numerous industries. You can follow Deli for more great writing content here.
Read on for our top 5 freelance academic writing tips…
Find Work on Freelancer Websites
It should go without saying that the first thing you need to start making money with your academic writing —apart from research and writing skills— are clients. Thankfully, the industry is quite mature, and Magyarországon, you have access to many websites that cater to the need for freelance writing work.
Top-rated academic writing websites available to Hungarian freelance writers include IsEssay, EduBirdie, and StudyBay. More general freelance sites where you can find all types of writing jobs include Upwork and Freelancer.
Consider Other Types of Writing
Academic writing, while mainly the concern of students, can extend to business applications as well. There isn’t that much of a difference between academic and business writing. In fact, academic writing typically has more stringent standards. In other words, you should have no trouble expanding from academic writing into business writing.
In this era of social distancing, many businesses have realized the importance of having a strong online presence, and this is true for virtually every industry. You’ll find clinics, repair shops, salons, casinos, and businesses of all types in need of regular online content.
Take the Hungarian casino industry: there’s a huge trend right now toward online casino content; specifically, content related to playing online keno. A keno játék is a simple lottery-style game that’s easy to research and write about, but if you focus on purely academic writing, you’d miss out on the online keno Magyarországon trend.
Price Yourself Competitively
Once you’re signed up as a writer, you’ll be able to view job listings posted by students and businesses, set your rates, and plan your hours. But, don’t use this freedom to price your services unreasonably. You will be competing with other writers on your chosen site for job listings, so consider setting your rates and hours in line with other Hungarian freelance writers.
Tailor Your Proposals
To get started, you’ll need to apply to each job order individually. Having a proposal template can speed up the application process when applying to many job orders. But, while it helps to have a proposal template, taking the time to tailor each of your applications to the specific needs of potential clients will improve your chances of getting the jobs you apply for.
For example: assuming you have a business degree, for a job listing about business, highlight your related degree. On the other hand, for a listing about psychology, simply highlight your level of educational attainment, your previous experience writing about psychology (if any), books you’ve read about psychology, or simply your general understanding of the subject.
Always do preliminary research to supplement your proposals with relevant information. Since you can’t be an expert in every field, freelance writing is all about being flexible in your ability to do research and communicate your findings concisely. You can set yourself apart from the competition by showing potential clients that you can do effective research as early as the proposal stage.
Build Lasting Professional Relationships
Submitting proposals amounts to work that you aren’t being compensated for, so your ultimate goal as a freelance writer is to develop a relationship of preferred service with your clients. This applies equally, whether you decide to focus exclusively on academic writing or branch out into other fields.
This long-term goal involves consistently meeting due dates, diligent research, and delivering high-quality content. If you treat your clients well, finding work becomes easier moving forward.
There are lots of freelancing websites where new Hungarian academic writers can get started. It’s also worth considering expanding to other types of writing. Scope out the local competition so you can price yourself accordingly, and do take the time to research to make your proposals stand out. Lastly, take care of your clients, and you’ll have an easier time finding work as you advance your freelance writing career.